The Big Picture

The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin?

Bitcoin investors’ fortunes have soared and plummeted in recent months. But how concerned about the economic role and impact of cryptocurrencies should the rest of us be?

Bitcoin applications Chesnot/Getty Images
A visual representation of digital cryptocurrencies Chesnot/Getty Images
Average USD market price across major bitcoin exchanges
A visual representation of the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images;

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